At St Mary's we aim to provide opportunities for our children to develop an understanding and appreciation of music. We work in partnership with Suffolk County Music Service and  professional tutors come into school each week to teach and inspire children in KS1 and KS2. Upper KS2 are currently learning percussion (drumming) skills and guitar.
As part of our ArtsMark journey we are looking to develop opportunities and experiences in Music and looking ahead to being able to perform to a wider audience in the future.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2

Music at St Mary’s Primary School is highly valued, not only because of the skills it can allow children to develop but also due to the enjoyment that every child can gain from the subject.

Singing is a key part of school life, with corporate singing in assemblies as well as in-class a natural part of our school day. We also encourage the children to be at ease with performing and sharing in front of others through concerts, assemblies and in-class activities.

In Music lessons children are given opportunities to be actively involved in listening, composing and performing, thereby developing their sensitivity to, understanding and enjoyment of the subject.

In all Years the children are given lots of opportunities to sing, improvise, listen and appraise as well compose and perform through musical games and activities. All year groups will have the opportunity to play a range of instruments as follows: Early Years sing daily with their class teacher and explore instruments as part of their curriculum. In KS1, Year 1 the pupils are introduced to a variety of percussion instruments in order to build a strong foundation and develop confidence. In Year 2, the children have the opportunity to play a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. These skills are then to be developed throughout KS2.

The children’s experiences are also enhanced by the opportunity to attend choir or participate in lunchtime singing activities. The choir is open to all children in Years 2 and above and takes place before school on a Wednesday morning. Our school choir is often invited to sing at local community events as well as in residential homes and churches.

As a school, we have strong links with Aldeburgh Music,  and also the Philharmonic Orchestra as groups of children have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic rehearse at the Marina Theatre.

Contact for Music:

Miss Wharrier
Y5 Teacher and Arts Lead

Year 5 have enjoyed learning to play the guitar this year with Mr Murphy who is a professional musician.


St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School
Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0DG
Tel: 01502 565384

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the information on our website or wish to speak to our SENCo - Mr Lambert.